Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Valvular Heart Disease Diagnosis
If you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, weakness or heart palpitations (rapid or irregular heartbeat), make an appointment with your doctor. It is important to receive an accurate diagnosis from experienced, skilled cardiologists so you can receive the proper treatment.
Diagnosing Valvular Heart Disease
At Fletcher Allen, your doctor will begin the diagnosis by asking you about your symptoms and your medical and family history. We will also perform a thorough physical examination, during which we will listen to your heart. Your doctor can detect a murmur, which may indicate that the blood is flowing through an obstructed or leaky valve.
Other diagnostic procedures include:
- Imaging tests - We use the most advanced imaging technology available. These procedures provide us with a detailed picture your heart, heart valves and blood flow. We use these scans to help determine the nature of the valve disorder. Imaging tests include:
- Cardiac catheterization - Cardiac catheterization, or cardiac cath, is a more invasive imaging procedure. We use it to get a more detailed picture of how well your heart is functioning and confirm the presence of heart valve disease. During cardiac cath, your doctor:
- Inserts a narrow tube, called a catheter, into a blood vessel in your arm or leg
- Moves the catheter to your heart, using a special X-ray machine as a guide
- Injects contrast dye through the catheter to obtain “movies” of your valves, arteries and heart chambers
Valvular Heart Disease: Treatment
Once we obtain an accurate diagnosis, our doctors will create your individualized treatment plan. Treatment options include medication and surgery. Learn more about valvular heart disease treatment.
Find a Fletcher Allen physician or call us at 802-847-4600.